Keir Starmer names top cabinet posts after Labour's sweeping election victory

Keir Starmer replaced Rishi Sunak as prime minister after an audience with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on Friday, a few hours after the Labour party's landslide victory in the UK general election. Starmer later unveiled his new cabinet, which included Britain's first female finance minister.

Labour leader Keir Starmer officially became British prime minister on Friday hours after his Labour Party swept to power in a landslide victory after more than a decade in opposition.

Starmer was elevated to the nation's leader after a private ceremony with King Charles III in Buckingham Palace.

In the merciless choreography of British politics, Starmer is taking charge in 10 Downing St. shortly after Conservative leader Rishi Sunak and his family left the official residence and King Charles III accepted his resignation at Buckingham Palace.

“This is a difficult day, but I leave this job honored to have been prime minister of the best country in the world,” Sunak said in his farewell address.

Sunak had conceded defeat earlier in the morning, saying the voters had delivered a “sobering verdict.”

In a reflective farewell speech in the same place where he had called for the snap election six weeks earlier, Sunak wished Starmer all the best but also acknowledged his missteps.

Rayner will also serve as secretary for levelling up, housing and communities.

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